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Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we thank her.”

Audrey examined about 120 intersections this past spring and noted the quality of the crosswalks and whether there were sidewalk ramps. Audrey also took photos of all of the intersections.

She submitted her data to the borough in March. Officials put that data into an interactive dashboard for Oakmont’s geographic information systems a few months later.

According to Audrey’s report, 53 of the intersections examined had crosswalks while 61 only had sidewalk ramps.

Out of those crosswalks, seven were listed in good condition, 20 in fair condition, 21 were poor and three earned mixed reviews.

Myers is a member of Girl Scout Troop 52359 in Oakmont and Boy Scout Troop 9143 in Monroeville.

Her efforts will go toward her Girl Scouts Silver Award.

The traffic study was released a few months ago. It included an analysis of traffic along Allegheny Avenue, Third Street and Cedar Way from Hulton

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Marcella’s Clearance Center in Schenectady, planned for renovations, damaged in Tuesday fire; Owner responds

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SCHENECTADY — Not even three weeks after announcing plans to renovate his Crane Street appliance store, John D. Marcella is trying to figure out if the building is salvageable after a fire broke out there Tuesday morning.

The fire was called in at the 810 Crane St. building at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The initial cause is believed to be water seeping into a light fixture, Marcella said.

The century-old building serves as a clearance outlet and a warehouse for the larger headquarters of Marcella’s Appliance Center down the hill on Broadway, as well as a smaller Clifton Park retail location.

In late September, Marcella’s announced it would renovate the façade and other parts of the Crane Street building. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced it would provide a $50,000 façade grant for the project, which it said would boost the ongoing city-county effort to revitalize the Crane Street corridor.

As a first step, Marcella said, he had the roof partly replaced over the last two weeks at a cost of more than $40,000.

The first employees arrived at the location around 7 a.m. Tuesday, he said. They smelled something odd inside but couldn’t track down its source.

The origin became very apparent an hour later, when flames erupted through the roof, Marcella said.

The workers escaped harm. The building did not. Firefighters got the blaze out in about an hour, officials said. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said, but no other injuries were reported.

“What a mess,” Marcella sighed Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t believe it’s restorable right now. … All the walls are shot and all the electric is shot.”

Beyond that, 150 new appliances were damaged.

The engineering and architectural plans for parts of the project were completed

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Renovation Planned For Historic Rocca Building

Jamestown, CA — The Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission will hold a public hearing about a project planned in downtown Jamestown.

The owners of the historic Rocca Building at 18228 Main Street are requesting to receive a “historic conditional use permit for a hotel and restaurant renovation.” The applicant is Tim Finicle, and the property owners are Sul and Tasleem Sayyed.

The project calls for repainting the front exterior with black, white, gold and white-washed colors. A new sign, and decorative fencing, would be added to the second story balcony. The building would be extended by 8 feet at the rear, and a nearby shed would be demolished. Also, along the back, decking would be constructed to match the front of the building, stairs and a ramp would be added, and there would be new landscaping

A Community Development Department review found that the project is consistent with the Tuolumne County General Plan.

The building was constructed in 1910 during a period in which Jamestown was experiencing growth following the arrival of the Sierra Railway in 1897. In past years it has been the site of some popular restaurants like Smoke, Michaelangelo’s and Azzo’s.

Click on the image box to find some photos of the planned renovation.

The meeting will be held this coming Monday, October 12, at 4pm via the online platform Zoom.  For information about how to take part in the meeting, click here.

Written by BJ Hansen.

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MERRILLVILLE — The town’s north end is expected to be enhanced as Shaver Preferred Motors is planning to invest more than $1 million in renovations to the dealership.

Shaver has been located at 5701 Broadway for decades, and it intends to expand into the former Levin Tire property that’s adjacent to the dealership.

“They’re really doing it to spruce up the business and make it look nice in the town and I think we should welcome it,” Town Council President Rick Bella said.

The project calls for improvements to the former tire business to convert it into an indoor showroom and sales office for the dealership. Shaver’s existing sales office is much smaller than the former Levin building, and it will be demolished.

Shaver is asking the town to grant a 10-year real estate property tax abatement for the improvements that will be completed.

The council has given initial approval of the requests and can finalize it later this month.

Town Manager Patrick Reardon said 20 jobs will be retained, and the project will create four new permanent positions.

Councilman Leonard White is supportive of the improvements, but indicated the employment opportunities being created there aren’t as large as other projects that have received tax abatement.

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